Evening News October 26

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Good evening and welcome to NCWLIFE News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

For those watching on our Facebook, tune in to LocalTel channel 12 or Charter channel 19, or stream us live at NCWLIFE.com for the full evening newscast tonight. And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight— Chelan County Superior Court Judge, TW (Chip) Small has announced he intends to step down from the bench in February and a Soap Lake man remains jailed today following his arrest on Monday for attempted theft at a Rite Aid in Moses Lake. Later on, we’ll have sports, your weather forecast and our feature story today. But first:

 

The Chelan County Prosecutor has ruled the July 27th Police officer-shooting of a Wenatchee man was justified. Doug Shae completed his review of the Special Investigation Unit’s final report into the death of Mathew Folden and determined that Officer Albert Gonzalez did not act recklessly or negligently and furthermore, ruled that there is no indication that the officer acted with malice or did not act in good faith as a police officer.

Shae concludes in his review of the case that Foldens actions and failure to follow the officer’s orders created the end result. The investigation confirmed that Folden charged Gonzalez with a knife after the officer responded to the Albertson’s store parking lot following several 911 calls described the knife-wielding man screaming and acting erratically. Gonzalez has now returned to duty after being placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

Chelan County Superior Court Judge, TW (Chip) Small has announced he intends to step down from the bench in February. Small will retire after serving since 1991 when he was appointed by Governor Booth Gardner. Prior to that, he practiced law in Wenatchee with the firm of Jeffers, Daniels, Sonn and Aylward. Judge Small announced his retirement in a letter to Governor Jay Inslee who will now be tasked with appointing two superior court judge positions. Judge Alicia Nakata announced her intentions to retire earlier this month.

State troopers blame poor visibility as the cause of a minor injury crash in the Coulee City area yesterday. It happened on Highway 2 about 35 miles East of Waterville when a Canadian man towing a travel trailer collided with a big rig.

Troopers say both vehicles were traveling westbound in extremely foggy conditions.

A Soap Lake man remains jailed today following his arrest on Monday for attempted theft at a Rite Aid in Moses Lake. The Moses Lake Police Department reports that 29-year old Joseph Montes and his 26-year old girlfriend, both of Soap Lake, entered the Rite Aid around 7 p.m. pushing a baby in a stroller. While in the store, the couple loaded up a cart with merchandise and attempted to leave without paying.]

As the suspects were confronted at the door by employees, Montes grabbed some of the merchandise and fled on foot, leaving his girlfriend and baby to fend for themselves. Police Officers arriving at the scene saw Montes running, caught him and made the arrest. While making the arrest on Montes, his girlfriend was able to get back in their car and fled the scene. Montes had a felony warrant for burglary as well as possession of methamphetamine. His female companion also had an outstanding warrant for theft and remains at large.

Big News in Washington State from Air Plane Manufacturer Boeing this week. Jay Seabeck has the story. . .

Coming up, The deer season is wrapping up in Washington State and it appears Chelan County hunters found pretty slim pickings…and it appears that Wenatchee’s shortage of rental housing could be relieved with the possible development of a new downtown apartment complex, we’ll tell you about it. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching NCWLIFE News.

The deer season is wrapping up in Washington State and it appears Chelan County hunters found pretty slim pickings. A Washington State Fish and Wildlife official reports the County’s mule deer population saw a serious decline following last year’s winter weather. . .

District Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Steve Volsen says the County lost about 26 percent of its deer population due to lack of forage. . .

Volsen says Chelan County’s mule deer habitat is located in mostly mountain terrain which is more vulnerable to winter damage. But he says there are already signs that the herds are starting to recover.

Volsen says he won’t know until January when all of the hunted deer tags are tallied up the exact number of bagged animals.

It appears that Wenatchee’s shortage of rental housing could be relieved with the possible development of a new downtown apartment complex. Mayor Frank Kuntz says the builder of the Riverside Nine Apartments is interested in developing the old City-owned parking lot on South Mission Street into multi-family housing. . .

The City Council will take up the matter at Thursday’s meeting. Weidner Apartments Director of public relations, Gregory Cerbana talked about the company’s plans at a Port District presentation in September. . .

Weidner Apartments is currently developing its second project along Riverside Drive just north of the Columbia Valley Brewery. Tonight’s City Council meeting starts at 5:15 at City Hall.

There are two open seats up for grabs this election on the Rock Island City Council. Tonight we’re highlighting the race for the Position 1 seat between Cameron Marchmonte and Ray Pearson.

Pearson is 62-years old and a retired carpenter. He has been a council member for the past 17 years. Pearson believes his experience on the council gives him an edge in knowing the background on complicated issues. He also believes the most responsible growth in Rock Island would be development that comes from the city’s center and moves outward. Pearson says he would also get rid of the former silicon plant on the Columbia River shoreline to attract new people and new business to the city.

Cameron Marchmonte is 28-years old and is currently a supervisor for Columbia Colstor. Marchmonte moved to Rock Island in 2015 and says he plans to raise his two children there which compelled him to be involved with its development. He says Rock Island’s top priorities are water quality, expanding public services and commercial development. Marchmonte also says the city can manage its growth by limiting the rate of urban development to mitigate the stresses on public services. Tomorrow night on the NCWLife Evening News, we will focus on the other council seat up for grabs in Rock Island, Position 4, between incumbent Mariah Kreider and challenger Jana Howard.

You’re watching NCWLIFE news. Coming up next, your sports update followed by today’s feature story. That and much more still to come on NCWLIFE News, stay with us.

We have another couple local athletes who were named the WIAA’s Athletes of the Week this week..

Eastmont’s Devon Schneider was selected in football.  Schneider had a stellar game for the Wildcats, as he rushed 22 times for 275 yards and two touchdowns for the victory over Davis.  He also had 50 yard touchdown reception and an interception on the goal line.

Cascade’s Emily Gaines was selected in soccer.  Gaines finished the week with four goals and five assists in two games for the Kodiaks.  She also played extremely well at her midfield position with 23 steals.

WIAA Academic State Champions

4A Cross Country – Eastmont

On the Les Schwab Prep Scoreboard from last night…

In Volleyball
Entiat 3, Wilson Creek 0
Chelan 3, Omak 0

Coming up tonight on the Prep Schedule

Soccer
Chelan at Omak, 4:30pm
Eastmont at Eisenhower, 7pm

On the volleyball court tonight…

Eastmont celebrates senior night as they wrap up the regular season with Eisenhower in town.  The two teams are tied for 3rd in the Big 9 standings behind West Valley and Wenatchee.  A win tonight for the Wildcats means a play-in game next Wednesday at home versus Davis.  A loss would also mean a play-in game at home, but against Moses Lake instead.  Eric Granstrom and the NCWLIFE cameras will be there tonight to tape the game for a broadcast at a later date.  We’ll have highlights tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley.

Speaking of highlights, we have some for you from last night in Penticton where the Wenatchee Wild were looking for their first-ever win at the South Okanagan Events Center.  Arch Ecker had the call on the Wenatchee Wild Hockey Network…

There you have it…

Jasper Weatherby the hero last night for Wenatchee.  The Wild stay on the road for a game tomorrow night in Vernon against the Vipers at 7 o’clock before returning home for Saturday’s Pink at the Rink night against Alberni Valley.  Arch Ecker will join us via Skype tomorrow morning on Wake Up Wenatchee Valley to talk about the games and the special event this weekend so be sure to join us for that.

Speaking of the Wenatchee Wild, it’s Hockey Night on the NCWLIFE Channel tonight…

Tonight features the Wild’s game against Merritt from a couple Saturday’s ago.  It all begins with Call of the Wild and Clarky’s Corner at 7 o’clock tonight on the NCWLIFE Channel.

It was a WILD one last night in Game 2 of the Fall Classic in Los Angeles…

George Springer’s 2-run home run was the difference in the top of the 11th inning as Houston evened the series with the Dodgers at a game apiece.  The game featured a World Series record EIGHT home runs on the night.

LA’s Joc Pederson tied the game in the 5th with the first home run on the night.  Corey Seager delivered an opposite field, two run homer in the 6th to put the Dodgers in front 3-1 in what felt like the game winner.  But back came Houston on an RBI single by Carlos Correa in the 8th.  Marwin Gonzalez homered in the top of the 9th off Dodger closer Kenley Jansen.  Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa went deep in the top of the 10th to take a 5-3 lead.  But back came L-A in the bottom of the 10th on a homer by Yasiel Puig and RBI single by Enrique Hernandez.  Even Springer’s two-run bomb to right field in the 11th didn’t end it because Charlie Culberson slugged the eighth dinger of the night to center to make it 7-6.  Finally, Houston’s Chris Devenski struck out the bat-licking Puig for the game’s final out and helped the Astros tie the series at a game apiece.  Game 3 will be in Houston tomorrow night at 5 o’clock on FOX when Yu Darvish goes to the mound for the Dodgers against the Astro’s Lance McCullers, Jr.

Thanks Eric…

The Relay for Life 2018 Kick off Party was hosted last night at Colonial Vista. Relay for Life is going on its 28th year of operation, initially starting in Yakima. The Relay is dedicated to supporting individuals battling Cancer and remembering loved ones lost. We spoke with Callie Klein and Shanna Alzheimer about the upcoming year and what Relay for Life means for them. . .

We’ll be back in just a moment with a recap of some of today’s stories and your complete local weather forecast right after this.

Time now for a recap of some of our top stories…

The Chelan County Prosecutor has ruled the July 27th Police officer-shooting of a Wenatchee man was justified. Doug Shae completed his review of the Special Investigation Unit’s final report into the death of Mathew Folden and determined that Officer Albert Gonzalez did not act recklessly or negligently and furthermore, ruled that there is no indication that the officer acted with malice or did not act in good faith as a police officer.

Shae concludes in his review of the case that Folden actions and failure to follow the officer’s orders created the end result. The investigation confirmed that Folden charged Gonzalez with a knife after the officer responded to the Albertson’s store parking lot following several 911 calls described the knife-wielding man screaming and acting erratically. Gonzalez has now been returned to duty after being place on administrative leave during the investigation.

 

Chelan County Superior Court Judge, TW (Chip) Small has announced he intends to step down from the bench in February. Small will retire after serving since 1991 when he was appointed by Governor Booth Gardner. Prior to that he practiced law in Wenatchee with the firm of Jeffers, Daniels, Sonn and Aylward. Judge Small announced his retirement in a letter to Governor Jay Inslee who will now be tasked with appointing two superior court judge positions. Judge Alicia Nakata announced her intentions to retire earlier this month.

State troopers blame poor visibility as the cause of a minor injury crash in the Coulee City area yesterday. It happened on Highway 2 about 35 miles East of Waterville when a Canadian man towing a travel trailer collided with a big rig.

Troopers say both vehicles were traveling westbound in extremely foggy conditions.

A Soap Lake man remains jailed today following his arrest on Monday for attempted theft at a Rite Aid in Moses Lake. The Moses Lake Police Department reports that 29-year old Joseph Montes and his 26-year old girlfriend, both of Soap Lake, entered the Rite Aid around 7 p.m. pushing a baby in a stroller. While in the store, the couple loaded up a cart with merchandise and attempted to leave without paying.

As the suspects were confronted at the door by employees, Montes grabbed some of the merchandise and fled on foot, leaving his girlfriend and baby to fend for themselves. Police Officers arriving at the scene saw Montes running, caught him and made the arrest. While making the arrest on Montes, his girlfriend was able to get back in their car and fled the scene. Montes had a felony warrant for burglary as well as possession of methamphetamine. His female companion also had an outstanding warrant for theft and remains at large.

And now, your weather forecast for North Central Washington.

A prolonged period of dry and mild weather is expected all the way through the middle of next week. Satellite is showing a strong upper level ridge of high pressure in the Pacific Northwest that will become anchored over the region today through Wednesday of next week. A lot of moisture is riding up the western edge of the ridge but it will get deflected up into British Columbia and then down through the eastern side of the dome into Montana and the Dakota’s. The unusually strong fall area of high pressure will bring us high temperatures 5-10 degrees above normal, mainly sunny days, light winds and chilly nights.

 As we leave you tonight, our video of the day was produced by Wenatchee Mariachi music director, Ramon Rivera. It’s a musical mini-documentary of the group’s recent trip to Washington DC. . .

If you have a video of the day, you’d like to see on NCWLIFE News, message us on our Facebook Page at the NCWLIFE Channel.

And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at ncwlife.com.  And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at news@ncwlife.com, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, tune in to NCWLife Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz and all the latest news with Steve Hair. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.